1974 - Wayne Stephens
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
The July 2007 issue of the Edmond Outlook magazine featured an
article about OC alumnus, Wayne Stephens (74), and the bookstore he’s
owned and operated in Edmond and online since 1995:
judge a book by its cover. Or a bookstore for that matter. One could
drive by the Archives Bookstore on 2nd Street and never know what
exists behind the windows that read “Used Books.”
Wayne Stephens has the privilege of driving from Shawnee to Edmond in order to be surrounded by the many loves of his life.
“I love my job, and I love coming here each and every day. When I am
here, I make it a point to learn something new each day,” Stephens
said. “On any particular day I might get great works of art, leather
bound books from the 1800’s or a box full of fifty cent romance novels.
It’s like Christmas everyday.”
In 1975, in Enid, Oklahoma, Stephens knew a man who had spent much
of his life accumulating more than a houseful of garage sale items,
including toasters, buttons and books. There was more than a roomful of
books, and Stephens made him an offer of $25 for the 500 books.
“And I feel like I have been trying to get rid of those 500 books ever since,” Stephens said.